Budget

The new city council will participate in a full day budget orientation and briefing meeting Dec. 13. The agenda is as follows: Corporate priorities overview. This item to be discussed 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. and will be followed by a recess. Budget 101. This item to be discussed 2 p.m. – 4 p.m., after the …

Council budget orientation planned for Dec. 13 Read More »

Fee increases are being proposed to a range of new and existing services to reflect inflation (between 1-3%), cost recovery, and comparisons to neighbouring municipalities. Many fees have no increase, and some leadership/training fees have substantially decreased to align with area municipalities, including lifesaving instructor and first aid training. New fees include: $459 for Motor …

User fee increases in line with inflation, area municipalities Read More »

The following recommendations were approved at standing committees and come to city council for approval July 10, 6:30pm. This is the last council meeting before summer break. Standing committee meetings resume Sept. 5. Update on John St. development Construction is underway for a 17 storey residential tower, 6 storey parking garage and 8 storey office/medical …

To council: update on John St. development; tall building guidelines; budget 2018; $1 million for JoBrant Museum; living wage study; active aging plan Read More »

The city portion of your taxes will see an increase of 4.42% if council approves the operating budget on Jan. 23. The budget received preliminary approval at a budget committee meeting Jan. 19 on a 5-2 vote, with myself and the Ward 4 councillor voting against. Once the city portion is blended with the region and …

City tax increase at 4.42%; three reasons I voted against it Read More »

The timeline for the 2017 budget process has been set and residents are encouraged to get involved: Dec. 7, 2016 – 7 p.m. – Public Information Night, Haber Recreation Centre, 3040 Tim Dobbie Dr. Dec. 8, 2016 – 9:30 a.m. – Proposed Capital Budget review and approval; proposed Operating budget overview at Community & Corporate …

Dec. 7 is first public meeting on 2017 budget Read More »

My Take: There’s some good news in the Ontario budget for municipalities for infrastructure funding, and for Halton Region where social programs are delivered (all Burlington city councillors sit on Halton Regional council). Hospitals will also get increased funding. Though the needs of cities and our residents exceed the money earmarked in this current budget, …

How the Ontario budget helps municipalities Read More »

The city’s operating budget includes 18 requests for additional funding. Details of each, and My Take, are below. On some of the requests I am seeking additional information before making a determination. My Take: I believe the budget process needs review. Focusing council’s time reviewing 16 different business cases that are individually submitted is not strategic. …

Budget: $300k for intensification study, $35k bylaw enforcement, $14k seniors fare, plus 15 other new funding requests Read More »